Meredith Rowe is the Saul Zaentz Professor of Early Learning and Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She leads a research program on understanding the role of parent and family factors in children’s early language and cognitive development. She is particularly interested in uncovering how variations in children’s early communicative environments contribute to language development and in applying this knowledge to the development of intervention strategies for low-income families.

Dr. Rowe received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2003 and then pursued postdoctoral fellowships in the Psychology and Sociology departments at the University of Chicago for several years. In 2009, she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, and she joined the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as Associate Professor in 2014.

Dr. Rowe’s dissertation was supported by a grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her work has also been funded by multiple grants from the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Specifically, Dr. Rowe was the recipient of a Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA), a Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) early career Research Transition Award, and an Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21) to fund her recent intervention study. Her work is published widely in top journals in education and psychology, including Science, Child Development, Developmental Science, and Developmental Psychology.